Opportunity Quotes

Most popular opportunity quotes

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

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I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.


Carpe diem. (Seize the day.)
Opportunity never knocks twice.
— American proverb

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Opportunity is a bird that never perches.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.


If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.


Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.


Opportunities, like eggs, come one at a time.
— American proverb

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Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.


Today's opportunities erase yesterday's failures.


No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.


Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

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Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance.


Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
When a fool has made up his mind, the market has gone by.

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Be cautious. Opportunity does the knocking for temptation too.


If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.
I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.

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Opportunities are never lost. The other fellow takes those you miss.
Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.
Temptations, unlike opportunities, will always give you many second chances.


One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.


A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch can't be saved.

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Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.


Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize if you're only looking for a lucky break.


A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.
— Ecclesiastes 8:15


Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.
It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

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Sometimes opportunity knocks, but most of the time it sneaks up and then quietly steals away.
Great opportunities may come once in a lifetime, but small opportunities surround us every day.
Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities—brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.


When U walk up to opportunity's door—don't knock it. Kick that bitch in, smile, and introduce yourself.
He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had tried and failed.
Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.
Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.


It is not impossibilities which fill us with the deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.
Outliers are those who have been given opportunities—and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.


Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination.  But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

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Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks, and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.
Where legitimate opportunities are closed, illegitimate opportunities are seized. Whatever opens opportunity and hope will help to prevent crime and foster responsibility.
Successful investing requires this crazy combination of gumption and patience, and then being ready to pounce when the opportunity presents itself, because in this world opportunities just don't last very long.


When you are creating opportunities, it's essential to find the key stakeholders and bring them along with you. Make them a part of the process. By making it clear that you are looking to collaborate instead of compete, you'll earn their trust and their respect.

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To create an opportunity, start with a casual conversation, and then, if you receive an enthusiastic response, move on to a more formal proposal. For this initial conversation, give him or her the headline first. What is the subject you are there to discuss? Then, break your idea down into three bullet points that summarize: (1) the opportunity you are capitalizing on (or the problem you're trying to solve), (2) a few data points that demonstrate the size of the opportunity, and (3) why you're the one to address it.